The Unstoppable Force From Rohtak Who Became Deloitte's Global CEO: Punit Renjen's Story Of Sheer Grit

Punit Renjen’s journey from Rohtak, Haryana to the global helm of Deloitte is nothing short of inspirational. Born in a setting where financial constraints forced him to drop out of school, Punit’s tenacity and thirst for knowledge never waned. He graduated from a local Rohtak college, driven by affordability, and then set his sights on Delhi, lured by a newspaper job advert for Usha.

What to Know? A life-altering opportunity presented itself in 1984 when Punit secured the coveted "Rotary Scholarship." This scholarship was his golden ticket to the United States for his master’s degree. With just two pairs of tight jeans, a couple of hundred dollars, and a heart full of dreams, Punit boarded his first-ever flight to the US. Adapting to the American education system wasn’t easy. Struggling with the accent, he’d sit in the front row, recording lectures on a tape recorder, replaying them later to ensure he missed nothing.

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Destiny had bigger plans for Punit. After being spotlighted as one of the top 10 students in a local magazine, a Deloitte partner took notice. By 1989, Punit had secured a position at Deloitte. His relentless work ethic and dedication saw him climb the corporate ladder, eventually becoming the CEO in 2015. As the first Asian heritage leader of a Big Four firm, Punit made history. Under his leadership, Deloitte witnessed significant growth, with revenues touching $59.3 billion in FY2022 and a global workforce of 415,000.

True to his roots: Yet, with all his achievements, Punit never lost touch with his roots. During the COVID-19 crisis, he collaborated with Deloitte to launch a healthcare initiative in Haryana, providing vital support to remote villages. Partnering with AASHA and Anganwadi professionals, they established a robust three-tiered medical infrastructure.

Punit’s mantra? "By staying true to our purpose to make an impact that matters, we can build better futures—for our people, clients, and communities."

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